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1 March 1991 Precompetitive cooperative research: the culture of the '90s
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In the current worldwide technology environment, it is essential for the U.S. microelectronics industry. and especially for the integrated circuit portion of that industry, that precompeutive cooperative research alliances be formed and funded at a level that emables them to be effective in rapidly advancing technology. It is important to realize that technology advances with or without our direct participation. If we do not aggressively participate we are quickly left behind. Increasing complexity and miniaturization have been the themes in semiconductor technology. Many are aware that what began in the early 60's with a few masking steps and minimum dimensions measured in mils. has now evolved to a level of sophistication requiring a 100 MW workstation for IC design and the investment of nearly S400 million dollars in fab cost to produce today's microchips. The leading nations of the world have come to realize that their future well-being is closely tied to their ability to compete in this hi-tech environment. Industry coalitions have been formed to exploit the early ramifications of emeging technologies. Improvements in overseas manufacturing have been made and continue unabated with new producLs, new processes, and new services being introduced at an increasing rate. Many foreign governments are now actively involved in formulating and conducting industrial and technology policies to aid their hi-tech industry. To meet these challenges, U.S. firms, with U. S. government cooperation, must respond.
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William C. Holton "Precompetitive cooperative research: the culture of the '90s", Proc. SPIE 1394, Progress In High-Temperature Superconducting Transistors and Other Devices, (1 March 1991);

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